SkillSurvey Appoints Dr. Hedricks as Chief Analytics

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<p><strong>Berwyn, Pa. &mdash; June 26</strong><br />SkillSurvey Inc., a Web-based reference checking provider, has announced the appointment of Dr. Cynthia A. Hedricks, Ph.D., to chief analytics officer.</p><p>In this newly created role, Hedricks will be responsible for supporting the company&rsquo;s aggressive innovation efforts, integrating data analytics to advance SkillSurvey&rsquo;s robust, proprietary reference checking technology.<br /><br />&ldquo;Cynthia is a tremendous talent &mdash; one of the industry&rsquo;s foremost authorities &mdash; and we are thrilled to have her join our executive team,&rdquo; said Ray Bixler, SkillSurvey president and chief executive officer. &ldquo;We are deeply committed to helping our clients improve quality of hire through our highly predictive technology. We believe that Cynthia&rsquo;s deep experience in data analytics, as well as her knowledge of our business and our clients, will make her extremely effective in this position.&rdquo;<br /><br />SkillSurvey enables employers to efficiently, economically and effectively review applicants&rsquo; professional references using a Web-based, 360 approach for assessing past performance.&nbsp; </p><p>The confidential format &mdash; and 24×7 accessibility &mdash; increases response rates by an average of 122 percent over phone references and yields more useable information.&nbsp; </p><p>Recruiters save time, reach more references per candidate and increase submittal-to-hire ratios with more in-depth candidate profiles.</p><p>&ldquo;Doug LaPasta made a critical breakthrough when he created SkillSurvey&rsquo;s Web-based reference checking product and transformed this component of the employee selection process,&rdquo; Hedricks said. &ldquo;The predictive information, response rates and response times are vastly superior to those of traditional methods of reference checking. In addition, the convenient Web-based technology saves time for busy HR professionals and hiring managers, enabling them to devote more of their efforts to other strategic initiatives.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;I am thrilled by the opportunity of leveraging the data we&rsquo;ve already collected from multiple sources to further strengthen and expand SkillSurvey&rsquo;s offerings to meet a variety of client needs.&rdquo;</p><p>Hedricks&rsquo; work has focused on developing products and deliverables, conducting basic psychometric research, supporting research-based consulting services and disseminating results of scientific studies to a variety of audiences.&nbsp; </p><p>She has led corporate seminars and workshops, written articles on a variety of topics and presented research findings both domestically and internationally.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>Before entering the corporate sector, Hedricks was on the faculty at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she taught a doctoral seminar, &ldquo;Work and Leisure,&rdquo; as well as graduate and undergraduate courses on research methods, with particular emphasis on those conducted in the applied setting.&nbsp; </p><p>She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Test Publishers, the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.&nbsp; </p><p>Hedricks received a bachelor&#39;s degree from Franklin and Marshall College, a master&#39;s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Hartford and a master&rsquo;s degree and doctorate in biopsychology from The University of Chicago.&nbsp; </p><p>Her postdoctoral Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was in social demography and biology, where she studied hormonal and social correlates of young women&rsquo;s career aspirations.<br /><br />Just before joining SkillSurvey, Hedricks led research and development at Caliper, a Princeton, N.J., firm that uses a personality assessment to help employers select and develop top performers.</p>

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